Sonos Connect:Amp

The Good The Sonos Connect:Amp is an excellent all-in-one digital music system that offers superb sound quality. It gives you access to nearly any cloud music service (Pandora, Spotify, Amazon, Rhapsody, and so forth) using any iOS device or Android smartphone as a remote. The Connect:Amp has a line-in, which is particularly useful for connecting a TV or DVD player.

The Bad You'll need to have separate speakers and a tablet or smartphone. The Sonos Connect:Amp doesn't support iTunes Match. While it can wirelessly interact with other Sonos products, you'll need a hard-wired connection or the $49 wireless Sonos Bridge accessory if it's your only Sonos component.

The Bottom Line The Sonos Connect:Amp is an excellent streaming-audio solution for sound-quality sticklers who prefer to supply their own speakers.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.4 Overall

Review

Sonos Connect:Amp

At the start of 2012, rumors started spreading that Google was readying a home theater device to rival the likes of the Apple TV and the Sonos system. But when that mythical creature turned out to be the Nexus Q, it was hard to swallow our collective disappointment.

While the Nexus Q will remain a curio until Google can boost its feature set, the competitive Sonos Connect:Amp feels like a real hi-fi system. From its solid build to the simplicity of the user interface it's something that the Nexus isn't: refined. It's compatible with nearly every online music service on the market, and can also stream your personal digital-music collection.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Sonos, Inc.
  • Type Digital audio receivers
  • Functions network audio player, amplifier
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Output Power / Total 110 Watt
  • Color anodized aluminum
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